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by mikejrice at 8:51 AM
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Methodology:

The method I use for fragging the majority of hard corals is primarily the same with the cutting tooling being an Gryphon band saw.

Cooling liquid used is fresh mixed saltwater with enough iodine to color it a light amber. This helps to disinfect cuts as they're made which has shown to greatly increase frag survival.

All corals are stored during cutting in a small bucket holding water taken directly from their home aquarium. This water is used both to keep them wet as well as for rinsing any flesh away from cuts while I'm working on them.

All finished, and rinsed, frags or trimmed colonies are soaked in Brightwell Aquatics Restor dip to insure that minimal flesh is lost.

Both soak buckets are rinsed and replenished between colonies to reduce the risk of interactions between loose flesh of different coral species.

Notes about blastomussa:

Blastos have extremely sensitive flesh that is susceptible to infection if damaged. As...
by mikejrice at 4:41 PM
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Methodology:

The method I use for fragging the majority of hard corals is primarily the same with the cutting tooling being a Gryphon band saw.

Cooling liquid used is fresh mixed saltwater with enough iodine to color it a light amber. This helps to disinfect cuts as they're made which has shown to greatly increase frag survival.

All corals are stored during cutting in a small bucket holding water taken directly from their home aquarium. This water is used both to keep them wet as well as for rinsing any flesh away from cuts while I'm working on them.

All finished, and rinsed, frags or trimmed colonies are soaked in Brightwell Aquatics Restor dip to insure that minimal flesh is lost.

Both soak buckets are rinsed and replenished between colonies to reduce the risk of interactions between loose flesh of different coral species.

Notes about acropora:

Acropora forms in an endless array of growth patterns depending on species and conditions where...
by civiccars2003 at 8:01 AM
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Another great video put together from Than @ Tidal Gardens...

by mdbostwick at 10:45 AM
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So i wanted to try the ZEOvit system but as my sig refers to no half assing, I decided i would need a reactor and was not willing to pay that kind of price tag. So I have built my own.

The items you will need:

Nylon Hose Barb Adapter 1/4 in ID x 1/2 in MIP
3" All PVC Snap-In Drain
4" Diameter PVC Toilet Flange plugged
1/4" PVC pipe
3" PVC pipe
4" PVC pipe
3" Slip Coupling
Maxi jet pump (what i used)
PVC pipe (matching diameter of pump outlet)
JG ball valve (which will fit between your pump and the PVC pipe i would suggest taking the output of the pump with you to the store)
Plastic Canvas
PVC Primer and Cement
Aquarium safe Silicone

Sorry I don't have a picture of every piece, I guess some of them got lost along the way.

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by JaysLittleOcean at 3:01 PM
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I have been religiously testing my aquarium water every week without fail. And I have noticed that my nitrates after my cycle have been constantly at 20 ppm for the past few weeks. I can attribute this most likely to the daily feedings of frozen fish food and my filter socks. I'm also not the biggest fan of doing large water changes but that is a completely separate topic. So I need to find a way to reduce my nitrates without using exhaustive media that needs to be replaced frequently as my work schedule would not allow for such things. The answer that I may have found might just be the Deltec NFP509 Nitrate Filter. In a nutshell this little piece of equipment provides a place for the anaerobic bacteria that is responsible for utilizing nitrate and phosphates (from my reading) as part of their food source along with a carbon based fluid (1 part Vodka, 3 parts RO/DI) as their food. The result a Nitrate and Phosphate removing group of bacteria that can put a smile on my face. So...
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